Mechanical Engineering

A broad-reaching discipline with limitless potential applications, Dalhousie Mechanical Engineering provides students with the skills to address an extraordinary range of industrial, operational and technological challenges. Skilled problem solvers proficient in math, physics and chemistry, Mechanical Engineering students possess the technical and scientific knowledge to design and operate a variety of systems.

Student skills

  • Technical documentation
  • Process evaluation
  • Research and database creation
  • Prototype development
  • Energy management
  • Advanced power cycles
  • Applied mechanics
  • Computer modelling and simulation
  • Structural integrity

Industries

  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Telecommunications
  • Brewing
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Research & development
  • Marine design

Past roles

  • Energy Analyst
  • Technical Engineer
  • Conservation Intern
  • Building Project Manager
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Process & Product Developer
  • Reliability Engineer

Past employers

  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Oland Brewery
  • Bell Aliant
  • Michelin North America
  • DRDC Atlantic
  • Ontario Power

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
3rd year Work term 1 Study Work term 2
4th year Study Work term 3 Work term 4
5th year Study Study Graduation

Coursework

Courses completed prior to work term 1

  • Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Engineering Math 1 & 2
  • Engineering Design 1 & 2
  • Physics & Engineering Statics
  • Computer Programming
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Biology for Engineers
  • Vector Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Thermo-Fluid Engineering 1 & 2
  • History of Engineering 1 & 2
  • Differential Equations
  • Mechanics 2: Dynamics
  • Engineering Economics

Additional courses completed prior to work term 2

  • Machine Design - Loading of Components
  • Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Dynamics of Machines
  • Engineering in Society 2
  • Numerical Methods & Partial Differential Equations
  • Material Science

Additional courses completed prior to work term 3 & 4

  • Courses completed:
  • Machine Design: Power Components
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Method in Mechanical Design
  • Heat Transfer
  • Systems 1
  • Humanities

Additional courses completed prior to graduation

  • Design Project 1 & 2
  • Stress Analysis
  • Engineering Measurements
  • Thermo-Fluid Engineering 3
  • 3 Technical Electives*
  • Vibrations
  • Systems 2
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* Technical Elective availability varies: Manufacturing, Energy Management, Principles of Marine Craft, Mechatronics, Marine Craft Design & Construction, Applied Dynamics, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Aerodynamics, Space Systems, CAD/CAM, Computer Aided Toler. & Dimens, Robotics, Finite Element Method in Mech. Des., Energy Conversion Systems, Energy from Renewable Resources, Reciprocating IC Engines, Steam Plant Engineering, Heating, Ventilation & Air Cond., Intro. to Nuclear Engineering, Advanced Control Engineering, Computational Methods in Engineering.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 19.89
Weekly $ 794.00

Department

Faculty of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering website.